Blast off with these TV specials celebrating 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's moon landing
USA Today - Tue 16 Jul 11:27 GMT

To honor the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, here are some television specials and series to check out.

  More: Apollo 11's 50th anniversary: 5 great moon movies to celebrate humanity's great achievement Discovery Channel has "Apollo: The Forgotten Films" (8 EDT/PDT), which includes footage from the National Archives, NASA Research Centers and news footage from the landing.

  MORE:Complete coverage on the moon-landing anniversary from Florida Today CNN airs the documentary "Apollo 11" (9 EDT/6 PDT), which includes new archival footage and audio to tell the story of the moon landing.

  And BBC America pulled together news footage from around the world as well as NASA footage for its special, "Moon Landing Live" (9 EDT/6 PDT).

  HBO2 has set a marathon of the 12-part miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon" (8:45 a.m. EDT/PDT) about the American space program from the Mercury Seven astronauts to the final Apollo lunar landing in 1972.

  As part of its "Summer of Space," the network  plans several specials throughout the month, including "8 Days: To the Moon and Back" (Wednesday, 9 EDT/PDT, check local listings), which combines audio and new archival footage with computer graphics to re-create the moon landing.

  And if you want to venture beyond the Apollo 11 mission, explore the first quest to circle the moon with "NOVA: Apollo's Daring Mission" (Tuesday, 10 EDT/PDT), about the astronauts and engineers involved in the Apollo 8 mission.

  The show, part of a three-day festival at the museum to celebrate the moon landing, also includes live shots from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Kennedy Space Center in Florida and a visit to Neil Armstrong's hometown in Ohio with a guest list that includes former and current NASA astronauts.